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Could This be the End Times?

Gross darkness covers the world as love grows cold and evil people grow worse. We have lost our identification with love in these troubled times. Because of trouble, empathy is disappearing from our hearts as we withdraw ourselves from the transparency of light to live in veritable darkness. But even in such gross darkness, by faith, you can have the light of life in your dwelling.

There is a contrast between darkness and gross darkness. For example, it is dark at night, but if the stars are out, even though the night is dark, you can still see something of the world around you. But things are quite different in a cave. There, deep in the bowels of the earth, darkness is darker than dark. It is almost heinous. It is so dark, you can feel it. In such tenebrosity, you can’t see your hands, even if you placed them right in front of your face.

Anxious Times and Worried People

God has forewarned us of these atrocious and wicked times of trouble that now traverse the entire world. He told us that we would experience extreme hardship just before the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Here is what the Bible says:

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“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…” (2 Timothy 3:1-4).

Without a doubt, we live in perilous times. Iniquitous darkness has circumvented the whole earth. Trouble is all around and hate crimes are increasing, racism is flourishing, and even the faith of the faithful is under attack. Trust and love are dissipating and we don’t know who or what to trust anymore. The very people we trust to protect us have become our killers. Bud don’t despair, by faith you can be delivered from the power of darkness.

People are without empathy because they do not have the light of light in their hearts. While onlookers film police kneeling on a handcuffed man’s neck until his spirit leaves his body, they were still not apologetic for their actions. These are the kind of actions that let us know that we live in an evil day.

Is Transparent Darkness Consuming Light?

Gross darkness overshadows today’s world. There is a darkness that is darker than dark. The Bible speaks of darkness so dark, that you can feel it. In the ninth plague, when Pharaoh would not free Israel, Moses pronounced darkness on Egypt: “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt.’ So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings” (Exodus10:21-23).

I have pondered this story in the Book of Exodus for years without resolve. Why could the Egyptians not see in the darkness? Surely they had fire and torches, yet they could not see. Until recently, I could not understand why they could not see one another.

The darkness that descended on the Egyptians was supernatural. The Egyptians could not see because gross darkness covered their dwellings with darkness so dark it even penetrated their hearts. The reason they remained in darkness for three days is that they were unwilling to show empathy toward the people they were mistreating. The Israelites had light in their dwellings because God’s light of life covered them.

I believe God described the story in this way for our benefit today. We are experiencing trouble because of the effects of the supernatural darkness that covers the world. Today, the abnormal has become normal. Up is down and wrong is right; people don’t know how to react to the truth.

How You Can Have Sight In a Dark and Wicked World

The Bible tells us that our fight is not with each other; but with principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness of this age. These powers and rulers of darkness are Satan’s demonic spirits. Although their induced darkness enshrouds our world, we don’t have to run around stumbling in the dark, fighting with each other. We don’t have to surrender to the dark spirits that are trying t control us.

Like the Israelites, you can have light in your dwelling. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Do you ever wonder why some people hate others even when they have no reason to hate them? It is because the light within them is darkness and they have not learned to see without sight. In Matthew 6:23, Jesus said it like this: “But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”

Call to Christ

When the gross darkness that covers the world tries to overshadow you, turn on the light of life and let Jesus be your eyes. If you would like to know Christ as your personal Savior, just pray this simple prayer:

Lord Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God. I believe You gave Your life a ransom for me, and You conquered death by resurrecting me from the grave. Today, I commit my life to You. Come into my heart and be the light of my life.”

I believe if you said that simple prayer, you are now in the family of God. I pray that Christ will guide you with His light of love and forever bless you. In Jesus’ name. Amen

By Eric Dunbar

Once addicted to crack cocaine, my story is not unique but inspiring. I have been a professor of faith for most of my life. Before you inquire about my credentials, let me explain. I don’t mean professor as in “teacher” but professor as in “squatter.” For most of my life, I have been trying to occupy what I had never fully possessed, namely, faith. You see, my trust was in God long before I used drugs. To this day, I cannot tell you what happened to cause me to be addicted; it just happened. After a lifetime of serving God, somehow, I became a crack cocaine addict. I grew up in the church. I was born with talent. I started playing the organ for local churches at the age of eight years. I cultivated strong confidence in God early in life. From the time I was five until I was eighteen years old, I can’t remember ever missing a church service. I started playing keyboards in a popular R&B band at the age of nineteen years old. Midlife When you’re young, life is all about having fun, and I was indeed having a lot of fun. Playing in an R&B band exposed me to the rigors of nightlife, leading me to deviate from the church. I started experimenting with all kinds of drugs. At first, it was marijuana, then pills, and soon, I was using cocaine. All the while, I still attended church, although not as often. When I was married, my infrequent music revenue was inadequate to raise a family. So I left the band and found a job. I have always had confidence in God, but I didn’t know how to implement my faith. When my first child was born, I renewed my faith and got heavily involved in the church. A few years later, my pastor inspired me to begin a cell ministry in my home, where I faithfully worshipped God and held Bible studies every Tuesday. About seven years into my marriage, I slipped back into drug use. This time cocaine was my choice drug. Soon after, I learned to cook cocaine, converting it into a rocky substance called crack. That was the beginning of a life of trouble. I had become a slave to the drug; crack cocaine was now my master. Confident Expectation My wife threatened to leave if I didn’t control my addiction. Nevertheless, I remained confident that God would deliver me. But my wife insisted that I seek help. I wanted to save my marriage, so I enrolled in the Narcotics Anonymous Twelve Step Program. I completed the required thirty-day classes, and I went home drug-free. Fifteen days later, I was once again smoking crack. My crack smoking eventually led to my wife divorcing me. I lost my family, possessions, and everything dear to me. Life had become challenging, and I was near depression. My parents taught me that faith believes, so I understood the principle of faith. I had faith that God would liberate me, so I continued to pray that God would soon rescue me from this evil that had come upon me. One day I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on this scripture: “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). “I don’t go to church anymore,” I said to myself, so how can I hear the word of God? Then I thought to read the word aloud to myself. The Bible was now my best friend. I read the word to myself. The word of God came out of my mouth and went back into my ears. Alas, I was hearing the word of God. I still craved crack cocaine and got high whenever the opportunity presented itself. But for the next two years, I mostly stayed to myself, reading the Bible aloud, quoting scriptures, and praying. Believing Faith Speaks After two years of practically being alone with God, my craving for crack cocaine was gone. My confidence in God rewarded me with freedom. I learned that believing faith speaks. No longer did I profess faith, but I now possessed it. Faith is having confidence in the things we hope for. Although they are not visible to our physical eyes, we believe that God is working our hope into physical existence. It is the bridge linking us to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality. When we trust God, it guarantees that God’s promises and Biblical revelations are true. We cannot detect these revelations and promises of the word of God with our physical senses. However, by trusting God, we have the confidence that our expectation will come to pass. Faith is the quintessence that the things we hope for become so concrete that even belief itself becomes a definitive reality of those things that are not yet visible. Your faith becomes so tangible that you believe you possess those things in the spiritual realm.

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